If there is one festival we are incredibly intrigued about this year, it is Manana. Cuba’s first ever electronic music festival. Taking place over three days between the 4-6th of May in Santiago de Cuba.
A kickstarter funded, Cuban/British non-profit organisation, the festival aims to connect the rich heritage of Afro-Cuban folkloric music to the international electronic music community. This isn’t your average, find-a-field-ship-in-a-soundsystem kinda festival, it’s something that’s changing the face of musical history in Cuba.
With the lifting of the US embargo, Cuban culture is both on the cusp of great flourish and vulnerability. With great self-awareness and the need to preserve cultural integrity, Manana festival has been “built on the deep love and mutual respect we all have for rhythm.”
Joining the local Cuban artists at Manana will be internationally renowned electronic musicians and producers, including previous Cuban collaborator Mala, acid house legend A Guy Called Gerald, the heavily latin-influenced Quantic, leftfield house producer Gifted & Blessed and more. Alongside their live performances, the festival is running workshops and lectures and will be turning the stunning Museo de La Musica into an artist hub for the 10 days leading up the festival, for all the artists to work and collaborate.
For more info and tickets, head to the Manana website. Purchasing your ticket now will also help boost the festival’s support, plus each ticket sold allows the festival to provide subsidised entry to Cuban residents to ensure “a solid foundation for cultural dialogue at the festival.”
Check up the current line up in full:
A Guy Called Gerald
+ plus world premiere collaborations & many more to be announced